Matthew 7:3-5 (ANIV)
(Jesus said) 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
TIME OF DAY:
Unspecified in Bible text, daytime.
Simple lighting from the right illuminates this scene.
From left to right: a Hebrew woman shocked by the scene, a man with a plank in his eye, trying to get a speck out of his brother’s eye.
Matthew chapters 05:01–08:01 is called “the Sermon on the Mount” because Jesus gave it on a hillside near Capernaum, which was a city on the north coast of the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret.) This sermon probably covered several days of preaching, if not more & the content was probably repeated (at least in part) by Jesus many times, as the message contained in the sermon is central to the gospel message.
This is a very literal version of the scene Jesus was describing. It shows a man trying to take the speck of sawdust from another man’s eye, whilst having a plank of wood in his own! Jesus was here describing a hypocritical attitude of mind which the Pharisees of his day had & which we all can have quite easily!